I got up early as i wanted to be on trail early . it was only 6 miles to Fontanna dam and i wanted to be there before lunch . I waved good bye to my hiker buddies and stopped out onto the trail and up.
it was several hours of climbing before i began the long decent down to Fontanna dam .
i thought i was setting a good pace until Steve and Lauren steamed past me. I was in no hurry as i watched them go .
I was pacing myself as i knew the first climbs would be steep
I adopted this for much of the day. eventually I began to head and down, occasional I had great visions of the country side and glances of the dam. AS i hiked on the dam become closer but vanished from view as I decended lower and lower. and shortley emerged onto the road
Whoop I was here at Fontana Dam. I wasnt sure on how i got to the complex so wandered across the road and through a small gap in the trees . as i passed through I I noticed my crew.
Hi guys i called , Has anyone called the shuttle ?
Yes snail he is on his way ?
we all chilled in the morning sunshine before posing for a few photos
The the shuttle arrived and we waited for a stream of hikers to get off and retrive their packs before we boarded . We all l asked for the grill.
As the driver set off he turned up the music and the first track ws the Bluegrass version of Toto , Africa and the whole of the bus burdt into song it was utterly brilliant so we asked for it to be played again
We soon arived at the Grill and swaremed from the bus and headed to the resturant like locosts
We all decided to sit outside first before deciding that it wass too cold so we all haeaded inside and amahded to sit around a huge round table.
I ordered up lovely IPA at 6 % that was delicious. before ordering the house salad followed by the rare Dam buster burger that was so tasty.
We all enjoyed our meals chatting about our exploits .
After lunch we ventured to the store. some did laundry others like me just sat in the parking lot in the warm sun and drank beer.
It was a great atmosphere as more familar faces arrived .
Dan offered to grab my resuppluy box so when he returned I organised my food
then brought more beer .
Eventually we grabbed shuttle back to the trail or rather the campsite .My pack seemed very heavy as we walked to the shelter. But then i decided to camp
THe tent pads were concrete so you needed a free standing tent which mine was
I quickly put my tent then we congrgated around a picknick bench and carried on our low key party
At 9pm I was escorted to my tent as my legs had stopped working properly
Remaining 2025 miles